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Ellis demands publication of Dublin homelessness review

29 March, 2012 - by Dessie Ellis TD

The Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has called on the Minister for Environment to immediately publish the findings of a review into homelessness services in Dublin.

Deputy Ellis condemned the government’s lack of action on this report which was completed in November 2011.

He made his comments in light of a response to a Parliamentary Question posed by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD in which the department refused to make a commitment to publish the review.

Ellis continued;

“This review will clearly outline the abject failure of the state to meet their own targets to end long term homelessness. From the details we know, the lack of secure accommodation for people coming out of homelessness is a major problem which contributes to the fact that just 90 of the 2,677 people who entered homeless services ended up in independent or support living situations. Many people are ending up in emergency accommodation indefinitely.

“This is not the fault of the services themselves. The department failed to properly fund the provision of the correct types of services which are required not just to get people off the streets but back into more independent living situations where they are safe, secure and supported in getting their life back on track.

“The department has a responsibility to provide this kind of housing and passing the buck to voluntary groups and charities or using the totally unsuitable route of rent supplement is completely unacceptable and a dereliction of duty.”

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